‘Embarrassing’ star stoops to low cricket act
The circumstances of one star performing cricket’s most controversial act has led to booing from a very unhappy crowd.
England test star Craig Overton has had one of the most frustrating days at the office he will ever have.
The fast bowler finished the opening day of Somerset’s Division 1 County Cricket match against Warwickshire with 0/57 and his temper finally exploded in the final session of play when he attempted a Mankad dismissal that has triggered scorn from some pockets of the cricket world.
Overton was filmed running out Matthew Lamb via the controversial dismissal when the non-striker left his crease before the ball left the bowlers hand.
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Having previously warned Lamb, Overton later did remove the bails in a similar incident.
Lamb was run out before the umpire asked Somerset captain Tom Abell if the team wanted to proceed with its official appeal.
Abell then withdrew the appeal.
According to ESPN Cricinfo reporter George Dobell, Overton was booed by the smal crowd after the incident.
It capped off a miserable day for Overton, who appeared to be angry right fro the start of the day when he endured an “embarrassing” outburst which included some less than athletic petulance.
Overton had the toughest day of the Somerset attack with 0/57 as Warwickshire finished the opening day 4/283, still an outside chance to win the County Championship in the final round of matches.
Sam Hain did the most damage for Warwickshire and will resume not out on 83 on Wednesday night.
It comes just one week after Cameroon cricketer Maeva Douma dismissed four Uganda batters using the controversial “Mankad” tactic in one innings during the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Region Qualifiers.
The term “Mankading” — used when a bowler runs out a non-striker before delivery — was coined 70 years ago when Indian great Vinoo Mankad twice ran out Bill Brown at the bowler’s end during India’s tour of Australia in 1947. It has remained a divisive topic in the sport ever since.
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